Berggruen is the Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, a private global investment firm with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Through the Berggruen Institute, an independent, non-partisan think tank, he encourages the study and design of systems of good governance suited for the 21st century. His book Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century, co-written with Nathan Gardels, won the 2012 Financial Times “Book of the Year” award and has been translated into many languages. The book is both a conceptual and practical guide to the challenges of good governance as the world continues to undergo profound transformation in the coming decades. In 2014, Berggruen created a partnership with the Huffington Post to launch a new media venture covering international affairs called The World Post.
Berggruen was born in Paris and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from New York University. He is a is a board director of Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy and a board member of Le Monde. Committed to leaving a legacy of art and architecture, Berggruen sits on the boards of the Museum Berggruen, Berlin, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and is a member of the International Councils for the Tate Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has collaborated on projects with such renowned architects as Richard Meier, Shigeru Ban and David Adjaye.